On-Campus Experiences

Biology: On-campus experience

The following is a partial listing of Luther faculty and their research students and topics of research. Students participate in directed research in a variety ways, sometimes for academic credit, sometimes as a paid research assistant (AAA), and sometimes as a volunteer in the lab if desiring to get some research experience. Students interested in participating in research should contact the faculty members directly.

Summer 2016

Eric Baack

  • David Carius - Estimating genome size in perennial sunflowers.
  • Isabel De Ayala - Estimating genome size in perennial sunflowers.
  • Kayla Ingvalson - Multi-resistant bacteria in the Upper Iowa River watershed.
  • Abby Mark - Estimating genome size in perennial sunflowers.
  • Ales Varabyou - Inferring perennial sunflowe phylogeny using next-generation sequence data.
  • Luke Voneschen - Multi-resistant bacteria in the Upper Iowa River watershed.

Stephanie Fretham

  • Trevor Kao - The affects on metabolism due to different mutations in an insulin like pathway.
  • Leah Barkema - Lead and C. elegans.

Kirk Larsen

  • Shannon Meehan - Monarch butterfly biology, preferred nectar source host plant use, and milkweed abundance and density in Northeast Iowa

Dawn Reding

  • Nathaniel Hemming - Bat populations in the area and the effect of the turbine on those populations.

Summer 2015

Eric Baack

  • David Carius - Estimating genome sizes in perennial sunflowers.
  • Nathaniel Hemming - Bat populations in the area and the effect of the turbine on those populations.

Bradley Chamberlain (Chemistry Department)

  • Carter Johnson - Lactone monomers derived from corn to synthesize polymers for plastic production.

Mark Eichinger

  •  Tricia Serres – Effect of core body temperature on running economy.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Ellen Badger – Water monitoring in the agricultural and urban Dry Run Creeks.
  • Andrew Johnson - Water monitoring in the agricultural and urban Dry Run Creeks.

Marian Kaehler

  • Steven Lister – The impact of N6-methyl-adenosine on regulation of target RNA by RISC complex.
  • Christopher Wollman - The impact of inosine on regulation of target RNA by RISC comples.

Kirk Larsen

  • Clare Brandt - Ground beetle communities of remnant and planted tallgrass prairies in Northeast Iowa: Impacts of plant community diversity and fire.
  • Shannon Meehan - Monarch butterfly biology, preferred nectar source host plant use, and milkweed abundance and density in Northeast Iowa
  • Emma Stivers and Jacob Wittman - A comparison of butterflies on remnant and reconstructed prairies of northeast Iowa.
  • Isaac Jensen - Bee diversity and floral resource use comparing remnant and reconstructed tallgrass prairies in Northeast Iowa.

Dawn Reding

  • Mariah Crotty, Nathan Hemming, Kieran Okerstrom and Marcella Meza - Impacts of a single-turbine wind facility on bat activity and fatality in northeastern Iowa.
  • Mariah Crotty, Nathan Hemming, Kieran Okerstrom and Marcella Meza - Community-based acoustic bat monitoring program.
  • Kieran Okerstrom - Bat conservation

Academic Year 2014-15

Scott Carlson

  • Anne Turco and Clare Slagel - Investigating the contribution of the renal and splanchnic nerves to angiotensin-induced hypertension.

Mark Eichinger

  • Allison Bird – Effect of oral contraceptive use on the cortisol response to acute stress.
  • Gabe Dorn - Cortisol response to cold pressor test in trained and untrained individuals.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Rob Manges - Construction of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains defective in the calR gene.
  • Kurayi Mahachi and Laura Post - Determining the effect of a calR mutation on calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under liquid growth conditions.
  • Liz Hovden, Chris Wollman, Liesa Erickson, Payton Schultz, Zoe Bachman - Investigation of urban water quality in Decorah, IA.

Stephanie Fretham

  • Thomous Tourdot, Casey Liveringhouse, Hailey Prohaska, Connor Hoff, Blake Letney, Grant Goss and Jenna Johnson - P13K/Akt/DAF-16 Activity is protective during excess iron exposure in C. elegans.

Marian Kaehler

  • Meg McClure, Sara Maronde and Matt Borchart – The impact of N6-methyl-adenosine on regulation of target RNA by RISC complex.

Kirk Larsen

  • Claire Dembsky - Bee diversity of three planted tallgrass prairies in Northeastern Iowa.
  • Jeffrey Lackmann - Native bees in Northeastern Iowa.
  • Daniel Gibson and Jedidiah Nixon - Insect diversity of Northeastern Iowa
  • Evan Sowder - Macrophotography of voucher specimens for the Specify database from the Luther College Research Insect Collection.

Beth Lynch

  • Anna Burke - Vascular plant surveys of forested seeps in Winneshiek County, Iowa.
  • Katie Storey - Early-Holocene fire history of a jack-pine dominated sand plain in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Anne Turco, Luther College Herbarium assistant, and Early-Holocene fire history of a jack-pine dominated sand plain in northwest Wisconsin.

Dawn Reding

  • Marian Crotty and Andrea Malek - Impacts of a single-turbine wind facility on bat activity and fatality in northeastern Iowa.

Summer 2014

  • Allison Bird with Dr. Eichinger. Project: Cortisol responses in athletes.
  • Gabe Dorn with Dr. Eichinger. Project: Cortisol responses in athletes.
  • Tom Tourdot with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Jamison Ash with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Casey Liveringhouse with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Katie Storey with Dr. Lynch. Project: Charcoal and pollen analysis of lake sediments from Metzger Lake (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Andrea Malek with Dr. Reding. Project: Local bats and their interaction with the Luther wind turbine (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Mariah Crotty with Dr. Reding. Project: Local bats and their interaction with the Luther wind turbine (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Jedidiah Nixon with Dr. Larsen. Project: Survey of Fitch’s Elephanthopper at the Spirit Knoll State Preserve (funded by Iowa DNR wildlife diversity small grant)
  • Robert Manges with Dr. Enos. Project: Mechanisms and genes involved in how Vibrio parahaemolyticus responds to different calcium and iron concentrations (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Kelsey Bies with Dr. Enos. Project: Mechanisms and genes involved in how Vibrio parahaemolyticus responds to different calcium and iron concentrations (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Clare Slagel with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by Monticello College Foundation grant)
  • Kolin Walker with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by Monticello College Foundation grant and Rulon Endowment)
  • Dan Stover with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Claire Dembsky with Dr. McNicoll. Project: Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie reconstructions with different planting diversity (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Zoe Bachman with Dr. McNicoll. Project: Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie reconstructions with different planting diversity (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Emma Stivers with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)
  • Derek Mueller with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)
  • Elizabeth Reed with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)

Academic Year 2013-14

Eric Baack

  • Ellen Behrens - Study of deer tick diseases: Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis. Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.
  • Kim Howell - Fungal symbionts of Indian grass. Dean's Office AAA funding.

Scott Carlson

  • Shannon Wilson and Gage State - Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension. Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.

Mark Eichinger

  • Allison Bird and Gabe Dorn - Cortisol responses in athletes.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Jake Wittman and Lindsey Bohr - Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed. Funded by the State of Iowa.
  • Robert Manges and Kelsey Bies - Vibrio parahaemolyticus response to different calcium and iron concentrations. Funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant.
  • Robert Manges and Kelsey Bies - Exploring growth conditions for assessing calciu and iron regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. 
  • Lindsey Bohr, Sam Zook, Claire Dembsky and Taylor Nelson - Investigating water quality in the Dry Run Creek Watershed under varying precipitation conditions.
  • Rob Manges and Kurayi Mahachi - Determining the effect of a calR mutation on calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under liquid growth conditions.

Stephanie Fretham

  • Tom Tourdot, Jamison Ash and Casey Liveringhouse - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant, Dean's Office Collaborative Grant.

Kirk Larsen

  • Nicole Powers and Sharon Heyer - Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County. Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.
  • Josh Nelson - Tick survey and potential Lyme disease vector transmission rates. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Marissa Schuh - Impact of buckthorn invasion on insects of NE Iowa forests. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Austin Bauer - Spring burn impacts on plants and insects of a roadside prairie planting. Funded by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
  • Jedidiah Nixon - Sand Prairie and Fitch's Elephanthopper at Spirit Knoll State Preserve pollinators and plant survey. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Grant and Rulon Endowment.

Beth Lynch

  • Anna Burke - Seep vegetation survey. Funded by the Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Brian Kurtz - Vegetation of Malanaphy Spring. Funded by the Iowa Academy of Science.
  • Katie Storey - Wisconsin sand plain vegetation history. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Katie Storey - Charcoal and pollen analysis of lake sediments from Metzger Lake - Dean's Office faculty/student collaborative research.

Molly McNicoll

  • Dan Gibson, Brian Eachus, Karen Davison and Devin Gilbertson - Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration. Funded by Cargill.
  • Claire Dembsky and Zoe Bachman - Baseline vegetation sampling for long-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests; Emodin levels in buckthorn invaded forest; Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie constructions with different planting diversity. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant.
  • Emma Stivers, Derek Mueller, Elizabeth Reed and Jedidiah Nixon - Effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in woodland restoration. Land Stewardship Interns.

Dawn Reding

  • Jamison Ash and Thando May - Population genetics of the gray fox. Funded by the Iowa Academy of Science.
  • Andrea Malek and Mariah Crotty - Interaction with the wind turbine by local bats. Gray Fox Grant.

Brookhardt Shields

  • Julia Mandsager - Cell biology of protein degradation. Funded by the John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund.
  • Sarah Floden - Cell biology of protein degradation. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Clare Slagel, Kolin Walker and Dan Stover - Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation. Monticello College Foundation, Rulon Endowment, John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund, Dean's Office.

Summer 2013

  • Ellen Behrens with Dr. Baack, Project: Study of deer tick diseases: Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Kim Howell, with Dr. Baack, Project: Fungal symbionts of Indian grass (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office).
  • Shannon Wilson with Dr. Carlson, Project: Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Gage State with Dr. Carlson, Project: Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension (funded by HHMI).
  • Jake Wittman with Dr. Enos, Project: Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed (funded by State of Iowa grant).
  • Lindsey Bohr with Dr. Enos, Project: Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed (funded by State of Iowa grant).
  • Nicole Powers with Dr. Larsen, Project: Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Sharon Heyer with Dr. Larsen, Project: Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Josh Nelson with Dr. Larsen, Project: Tick survey and potential Lyme disease vector transmission rates (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office).
  • Marissa Schuh with Dr. Larsen, Project: Impact of buckthorn invasion on insects of NE Iowa forests (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office).
  • Austin Bauer with Dr. Larsen, Project: Spring burn impacts on plants and insects of a roadside prairie planting (funded by Living Roadside Trust Fund grant from Iowa DOT).
  • Anna Burke with Dr. Lynch, Project: Seep vegetation survey (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office).
  • Brian Kurtz with Dr. Lynch, Project: Vegetation of Malanaphy Spring (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant).
  • Katie Storey with Dr. Lynch, Project: Wisconsin sand plain vegetation history (funded by NSF grant).
  • Dan Gibson with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant).
  • Brian Eachus with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant).
  • Karen Davison with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant).
  • Devin Gilbertson with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant).
  • Jamison Ash with Dr. Reding, Project: Population genetics of the gray fox (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant).
  • Thando May with Dr. Reding, Project: Population genetics of the gray fox (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant).
  • Julia Mandsager with Dr. Shields, Project: Cell biology of protein degradation (funded by JTURF - John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund grant).
  • Sarah Floden with Dr. Shields, Project: Cell biology of protein degradation (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office).

Academic Year 2012-13

Eric Baack

  • Chelsea Weiss - Multi-drug resistant bacteria and efflux pumps. Independent McElroy project.
  • Ellen Behrens, Kimberly Stocks, and Sara Nicla - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgressions into wild sunflower. 
  • Hannah Rowse - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgressio into wild sunflower.
  • Ellen Behrens - Resolving contamination in Seed Savers Exchange Brassica collections through flow cytometry. Independent project funded by Seed Savers.
  • Kaila Vogt, Anna Gudjonsdottir, Kimberly Stocks and Sara Nicla - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflower.
  • Chelsea Weiss - Multi-drug resistant bacteria and efflux pumps. Independent McElroy project.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Jessica Lister - Exploring iron-related phenotypes of calR mutants in Vibrio Parahaemolyticus.
  • Laura Swanson - Determining regulatory effects of overexpression of the CalR protein in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under different media conditions. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Melene Thompson - Construction and phenotypic analysis of strains having a calR mutation. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Melene Thompson - Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes: Quantitation of mutant phenotypes in liquid growth medium and reconstruction of calR double mutants. Dean's Office Collaborative Summer Research Grant.
  • Lindsey Bohr and Jake Wittman - Investigating water quality in the Dry Run Creek Watershed under varying precipitation conditions.
  • Laura Swanson - Analysis of iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio paraharmolyticus and the impact of altered calR expression.
  • Melene Thompson - Evaluating expression of calcium and iron regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Kirk Larsen

  • Nikki McDermond-Spies - Family-level benthic macroinvertebrate communities indicate a successful relocation and restoration of a Northeast Iowa stream.
  • Calla Olson - Comparing the effect of native and introduced grasses on the development of two grass skippers (Lepidoptera: Hesperiinae): the least skipper (Anycloxypha numitor) and sachem skipper (Atalopedes campestris). Deans office Collaborative summer research grant.
  •  Austin Bauer - Possible factor influencing size variability in morphology of adult Cyclotrachelus sodalis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) ground beetles. 

Academic Year 2011-2012

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Laura Swanson - Determining regulatory effects of various levels of overexpression of the CalR protein in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Laura Swanson - Quantifying iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melene Thompson - Quantifying iron and calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voelschow - Data analysis of calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Iowa College Foundation R.J. McElroy Research Fellowship.
  • Erin Voelschow - Investigating calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus with unique temporal expression profiles. Iowa College Foundation R.J. McElroy Research Fellowship.
  • Jacob Wittman and Andrew Weckwerth - Analysis and compilation of monitoring data collected from the Dry Run Creek Watershed.

Mark Eichinger

  • Patrick Hussey and Stefan Snyder - Intrapulmonary shunting.

Kirk Larsen

  • Marissa Schuh - Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek, and Brook Creek.
  • Nikki McDermond-Spies - Impact of prairie planting diversity and management with fire and mowing on plant, butterfly, and ground beetle communities of Anderson Prairie.
  • Emma Spoon - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52.

Tex Sordahl

  • Samantha Stykel - Distribution of color-morphs of the Eastern Screech-Owl in Iowa.
  • Samantha Stykel - Spring arrival dates of migrant birds in northeastern Iowa.

Academic Year 2011-2012

Eric Baack

  • Katrina Freund - Isolation and characterization of endophytic fungi from Prairie plants.
  • Rachel Albert - Effect of ovulation on female behavior and male perceptions.
  • Paul Atkins - Effect of chloroplast genotype on hybridization.
  • Sharon Heyer & Chelsea Weiss - Speciation and the breakdown of coevolution during hybridization.
  • Chelsea Weiss - Prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria in surface waters of NE Iowa and role of the type II efflux pump.
  • Megan Gress and Molly Tulkki - A multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflower.
  • Andrew Kingsriter - Replaying evolution: domesticating the sunflower from the wild.
  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary response of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Intraspecific chromosome number variation and prairie restoration - a case study in NE Iowa, USA.
  • Kimberly Stocks - Effect of fire and clearing on herbaceous vegetation in a woodland clearing.

Scott Carlson

  • Rachel Zimmerman & Kelsey Kittleson - Monitoring changes in hindlimb bloodflow in response to inhibition of Cytochrome P-450 in conscious spontaneously hypertensive rats.

Mark Eichinger

  • Eric Johnson - Running economy.
  • Kirsten Manges & Fran Fairfield - Anemia in college women. 

Marian Kaehler

  • Jacob Seibert, Christopher Schaupp, Nicole Littlejohn, Jared Weyant & Paul Atkins - Development of research strategies to examine the role of mRNA methylation on miRNA-RISC activity.
  • Eve Doyle - Development of research strategies to examine the role of mRNA methylation on miRNA-RISC activity.
  • Paul Atkins, Blake Funke - Isolation of RISC complex from HeLa cells.
  • Nick Andresen, Katie Perschbacher, Any Peck, Brooke Draxler - In vitro synthesis of customized target mRNAs from cloned target DNA sequences.
  • Mitch Obey & Maggie Michenfelder - Detection of dual end-labeled RNAs using urea-SDS PAGE.

Kirk Larsen

  • Emma Spoon - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52. 
  • Nikki McDermond-Spies. Impact of prairie planting and management on plant and insect communities of Anderson Prairie.
  • Jered Bourquin. Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek and Brook Creek.
  • Peter Kraus - Followup study after streambank reconstruction of daily and monthly patterns of summer aquatic and terrestrial insect drift in a northeastern Iowa stream.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nathan Hecht - Comparison of organic and conventional potato production of leafminer and parasitoid populations in Nicaragua.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nick Anderson - Aquatic insects of four northeast Iowa streams.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nick Anderson - Aquatic insects of four northeast Iowa streams.
  • Fran Fairfield - Impact of burning and mowing in Gateway Prairie on plan t and insect communities.
  • Tyler Zinnecker - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52.

Molly McNicoll

  • Max Molzahn - The role of fire and structural manipulation in oak woodland restoration.
  • Andrew Papke-Larsen - Testing effective control measures for the noxious weed, wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa).
  • Adam Grim - Mapping invasive species with GIS.

Academic Year 2009-2010

Eric Baack

  • Sharon Heyer - Growth of genetically crossed sunflowers.
  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary responses of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Chromosome number variation in Iowa prairie plants. 
  • Maria Carr - Revesterol levels and fungal infection in the Seed Savers Heritage Farm vineyard.

Scott Carlson

  • Alyse Carlson - The effect of chronic cytochrome p-450 inhibition on heart rate and mean arterial pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats.

Mark Eichinger

  • Luke Hollander - Turtle survey of the Upper Iowa River.
  • Patrick Hussey and Max Busch - Intrapulmonary shunting.
  • Eli Wallace - Citric and cycle enzyme changes following exercise or altitude.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Sharon Heyer & Chelsea Weiss - Investigating the water quality of the Dry Run Creek watershed using microbiological and chemical analyses.
  • Aimee Villard - Quantitative analysis of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voleschow - Developing the fruit fly as a model system for Vibrio parahaemolyticus pathogenesis.
  • Heather Nelson - Investigating biofilm development phenotypes of Vibrio parahaemolyticus calR mutants.
  • Aimee Villard - Determining divalent cation specificity of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Jodi Enos-Berlage/Robert Fitton

  • Paul Pierson - Imaging samples of V. parahaemolyticus bacteria for the study of pili and flagella production.

Kristy Gould

  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.

Kevin Kraus

  • Bonnie Garvens - Identification and phenotypic investigation of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants.
  • Dan Summerfield - Initiating and imaging biofilm growth (V. parahaemolyticus and P. aeruginosa) on various abiotic substrates.

Kirk Larsen

  • Nick Andresen - Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek and Brook Creek.
  • Fran Fairfield - Impact of burning and mowing in Gateway Prairie on plant and insect communities.
  • Tyler Zinnecker - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52.
  • Peter Kraus - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Kristin Manges - Impact of prairie plantings on highway roadside plant and insect communities.
  • Reese Worthington - Scarab beetle biodiversity in northeast Iowa.
  • Katie Perschbacher - Northeast Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.

Beth Lynch

  • Eric Sievers - Long-term population dynamics of native plant species in mesic forests near Decorah, IA.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann, Jennie McEllistrem & Shelby Eaton - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.

Laura Peterson

  • Christopher Schaupp - Plio-Pleistocene sea surface temperature evolution in the southwest Pacific.

Olga Rinco

  • Kirsten Indrelie - Fluorescence and other spectroscopic techniques to note the pollutant-carrying capabilities of larger heterocyclic molecules.
  • Kirsten Indrelie - The effect of porphyrin structure on porphyrin-HSA binding.
  • Jacob Wessels - The role of porphyrin structure in porphyrin-HSA binding.

Academic Year 2008-2009

Eric Baack 

  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary responses of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Chromosome number variation in Iowa prairie plants.
  • Maria Carr - Revesterol levels and fungal infection in the Seed Savers Heritage Farm vineyard.
  • Daniel Stone - The study of invasive plants affect on native plants.
  • Katrina Freund - Andrew Kingsriter - Re-domestication of the sunflower from the wild.
  • Nicole Littlejohn - Selection on crop-wild sunflower hybrids in Iowa.
  • Katrina Freund - Selection on crop-wild sunflower hybrids in Iowa.

Scott Carlson

  • Alyse Carlson - The effect of chronic cytochrome p-450 inhibition on heart rate and mean arterial pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats.

Mark Eichinger

  • Kristin Manges - Public Health responses to northeast Iowa flood.
  • Max Busch - Intrapulmonary shunting.
  • Phil Scruggs - Cortisol response to weight training.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Aimee Villard - Quantitative analysis of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voleschow - Developing the fruit fly as a model system for Vibrio parahaemolyticus pathogenesis.
  • Heather Nelson - Investigating biofilm development phenotypes of Vibrio parahaemolyticus calR mutants.
  • Aimee Villard - Determining divalent cation specificity of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Julie Hanson - Characterization of cosmids that alter calcium regulation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Aimee Villard - Identification of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.

Jodi Enos-Berlage/Robert Fitton

  • Paul Pierson - Imaging samples of V. parahaemolyticus bacteria for the study of pili and flagella production.

Kristy Gould

  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.
  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.

Marian Kaehler

  • Jacob Jipp - Annotation of cosmid 11 from the dot chromosome of Drosophila erecta.
  • Deborah Mukraz - Evaluation of companies using DNA sequencing to identify ancestry.
  • Jim Kemp - Role of pea lectins in root tip structure and its effect on fungal root pathogen Nectria.
  • Jim Kemp - Role of pea lectins in root tip structure and its effect on fungal root pathogen Nectria.

Kevin Kraus

  • Bonnie Garvens - Identification and phenotypic investigation of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants.
  • Dan Summerfield - Initiating and imaging biofilm growth (V. parahaemolyticus and P. aeruginosa) on various abiotic substrates.

Kirk Larsen

  • Peter Kraus - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Kristin Manges - Impact of prairie plantings on highway roadside plant and insect communities.
  • Reese Worthington - Scarab beetle biodiversity in northeast Iowa.
  • Alysha Soper - Reese Worthington - Luther insect collection specify database.
  • Eric Anderson - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Alysha Soper & Reese Worthington - Luther insect collection specify database.
  • Scott Woodin - Impact of 2008 flood on prairie ground beetles.
  • Eric Anderson - Aquatic insects of restored streams of northeastern Iowa.

Beth Lynch

  • Eric Sievers - Long-term population dynamics of native plant species in mesic forests near Decorah, IA.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann, Jennie McEllistrem & Shelby Eaton - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann & Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann & Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.

Olga Rinco

  • Kirsten Indrelie - The effect of porphyrin structure on porphyrin-HSA binding.
  • Jacob Wessels - The role of porphyrin structure in porphyrin-HSA binding.

Academic Year 2007-2008

Eric Baack

  • Dan Stone - Evolution of tolerance of allelopathic invaders.
  • Anna Wikan - Climate changeand Northeast Iowa plants.
  • Claire Schrieber - Chromosome invader variation in Iowa prairie plants.
  • Katrina Freund and Andrew Kingsriter - The domestication of sunflower from the wild.

Mark Eichinger

  • Adam Halverson - Optygen testing (Cortisol/Testosterone).
  • Matthew Busche - Cortisol responses in cross country runners.
  • Adam Frye - Ferritin levels in cross country runners.

Jodi Enos-Berlage 

  • Michael Marquardt - Investigation of V. parahaemolyticus type III secretion proteins.
  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants displaying altered calcium regulation.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Isolation of cosmids that alter calcium regulation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Michael Marquardt - Examination of secreted proteins in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Investigation of V. parahaemolyticus type III secretion proteins.
  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant displaying altered calcium regulation.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Isolation of tetracycline-sensitive derivatives of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 and corresponding complementation studies.

Mark Eichinger

  • Matthew Busche - Cortisol responses in cross-country runners.
  •  Adam Frye - Ferritin levels in cross-country runners.

Kirk Larsen

  • Brian Rouse - Ground beetle diversity and plant communities of Luther's Gateway and Anderson Prairies.
  • Tony Brantner - Aquatic insect populations in Waterloo Creek.

Academic Year 2006-2007

Scott Carlson

  • Stacie Pleis & Bob Sheridan - Effects of cytochrome P-450 on regional blood flow.
  • Carolyn Starz - Hypertension in rats.

Nick Downey 

  • Britta Anderson - Role of TcCbpA in maintenance of minicircles in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Staci Sudenga - Molecular markers for speciation of different pines.
  • Erin O'Dell - Transcription of Trypanosoma congolense PARP genes.
  • Staci Sudenga - Pine tree DNA analysis.
  • Chad Puffer - Characterization of a ClpA homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircle DNA in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Britta Anderson & Erin O'Dell - Characterization of the trascription of a Procylin homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chad Puffer - Characterization of a ClpA homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircle DNA in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Britta Anderson & Erin O'Dell - Characterization of the trascription of a Procylin homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.

Jim Eckblad

  • Matt Hoegh & Dan McAdam - Secondary production of backwater lakes of the Mississippi River.

Mark Eichinger

  • Adam Bohach - Salivary corticol levels in response to maximal exercise in collegiate cross country runners. 
  • Craig Myrum - Determination of pulmonary vascular volume through dye-indicator dilution.
  • Andrew Heggen - Establishment of a saline-perfused rat lung model and the influence of voluntary wheel exercise on pulmonary vascular reactivity in rats.
  • Adam Bohach - Salivary corticol levels in response to maximal exercise in collegiate cross country runners.
  • Amy Larson & Emily Quealy - Visualization of pulmonary V1 vasopressin receptors through use of a fluorescent analogue.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium regulated genes
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Isolation of tetracycline-sensitive derivatives of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 and corresponding complementation studies.
  • Michael Marquardt - Conjugation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 using a cosmid pool, and examination of secreted proteins in V. parahaemolyticus.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Identifying genes involved in calcium sensing and response in bacteria.
  • Michael Marquardt - Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus colonial cell organization using confocal microscopy.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants having alterations in calcium sensing and response mechanisms.
  •  Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus biofilm formation in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to altered calcium condition.

Marian Kaehler

  • Steven Kain - Subcloning Nectria DNA for sequence analysis.

Joseph Krieg

  • Amy Kristapovich - Landscape research, Luther College.

Kirk Larsen

  • Kevin Kenealy - A comparison of the aquatic insects of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek, with Brook Creek, a new stream created in 2004.
  • Michelle Burns - Ground beetles of NE Iowa Prairies.

Beth Lynch

  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Stesha Dunker, Matthew Kinney, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.

Tex Sordahl

  • Katie McVey - Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Katie McVey - Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

Academic Year 2005-2006

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas, Nick Leslein, Cody Honl & Tim Holcomb - Regional blood flow responses to cytochrome P-450 4A inhibition.

Nick Downey

  • Chad Puffer - CbpA-like protein binding of minicircles of Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircles from Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chris Bellinder - Role of NDAJ in mitochondrial genome maintenance.
  • Andrea Lach Dean & John Lidvall - Western blot analysis of cytochrome P-450 4A expression.

Mark Eichinger

  • Daniel Durbin and Andrew Heggen - Pulmonary vascular relaxation to arginine vasopressin following voluntary exercise.
  • Mark Eichinger - Craig Myrum and Stephanie Novak - Pulmonary microvascular eNOS content and structural remodeling following voluntary exercise.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Adam Roos - Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Investigating calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus by using 2-D gel electrophoresis to analyze total cellular proteins.
  • Jaqueline Allen - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos - Phenotypic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus biofilm formation in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants having alterations in calcium sensing and response mechanisms.
  • Michael Marquardt - Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus colonial cell organization using confocal microscopy.

Marian Kaehler

  • Leah Doerr & Dana Strandjord - Sequence characterization of Nectria cosmid. 

Kirk Larsen

  • Abbey Chamberlin - Insects of a habitat restoration along Waterloo Creek. 
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insect inputs into Waterloo Creek.

Beth Lynch

  • Stesha Dunker, Matthew Kinney, T.J. Webb & Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain.
  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain.

Tex Sordahl

  • Katie McVey - Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Paul Skrade - Use patterna and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

Academic Year 2004-2005

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas, Nick Leslein, Cody Honl & Tim Holcomb - Regional blood flow responses to cytochrome P-450 4A inhibition.
  • Andrea Lach Dean & John Lidvall - Western blot analysis of cytochrome P-450 4A expression.

Nick Downey

  • Chad Puffer - CbpA-like protein binding of minicircles of Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircles from Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chris Bellinder - role of NDAJ in mitochondrial genome maintenance.

Jim Eckblad

  • Melissa Howie, Trish Young, Karl Swenson & David Schultz - Musculium populations of Big Lake on the Mississippi River. 
  • Michael Swenson, Ben Reynolds & Betsy Evans - Secondary production of backwater lakes of the Mississippi River.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Heggen - Establishment of the saline-perfused rat lung model and approaches to whole-lung assessment of pulmonary vascular reactivity.
  • Daniel Durbin - Pulmonary vascular reactivity following voluntary exercise (saline-perfused lung model).
  • Craig Myrum & Stephanie Novak - Pulmonary microvascular eNOS content and structural remodeling following voluntary exercise.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  •  Adam Roos - Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Site-directed mutagenesis of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus murants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos - Isolation and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Phenotypic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos - Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Investigating calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus by using 2-D gel electrophoresis to analyze total cellular proteins.
  • Adam Roos - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.

Jon Jensen

  • Amy Morey - Analysis of biodiesel quality testing - Luther College.

Marian Kaehler

  • Leah Doerr & Dana Standjord - Sequence characterization of Nectria cosmid.

Kirk Larsen

  • Abbey Chamberlin - Insects of a habitat restoration along Waterloo Creek.
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insect inputs into Waterloo Creek.
  • Derek Broman & Mike Thompson - A comparison of the aquatic insects of Brook, Waterloo and South Pine Creeks. 
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte, Matt Kinney & Scott Buccola - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain.

Beth Lynch

  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle White & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of northwest Wisconsin sand plain.

Tex Sordahl

  • Paul Skrade - Use pattern and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Katie McVey - Use pattern and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

Academic Year 2003-2004

Jim Eckblad

  • Bret Powell & Nick Leslein - Mussels of the Yellow River.
  • Leah Doerr & Katie McVey.

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas - Hypertension research.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Schatz - Determination of pulmonary vascular activity following acute, voluntary exercise in rats. 
  • Peggy Whittle & Karen Elliott - Assessment of lung endothelial nitric oxide synthase levels following exercise.
  • Craig Myrum - Effect of short-term exercise on lung vascular remodeling.
  • Stephanie Novak - Assessment of pulmonary arteriolar nitric oxide synthase content following voluntary exercise.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Adam Roos - Isolation and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated gene.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Investigating colonial cell organization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in cell surface components.
  • Josh Larson - Investigating the effect of calcium on Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Genetic characterization of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Leigh Wheaton - Investigating colonial cell organization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in cell surface components.
  • Heather Pontasch - Site-directed mutagenesis of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Jon Aanestad - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus opaque colony variants.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Analysis of expression patterns of a collection of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Josh Larson - Investigating the effect of calcium on Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Isolation of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Laura Haubrick

  • Lindsey Koele - Isolation of epidermal proteins from Commelina.
  • Andrea Dean - Identification of Arabidopsis mutants based on phenotype and genotype.

Marian Kaehler

  • John Deaton, Jeff Miller, Adam Singer & Amanda Reck - Subcloning Nectria cosmid DNA for sequence analysis.

Kirk Larsen

  • Deneb Woods - Impact of habitat change on ground beetle communities.
  • Holly Johnson - Forest fire intensity impacts on ground beetles of the Black Hills.
  • Katie Hopp - Aquatic insects of Waterloo Creek.
  • Jarrod Quinlivan - Terrestrial insects along Waterloo Creek.
  • Nick Schmidt - Insects of northeastern Iowa.
  • Paul Skrade - Impact of habitat change on insects of Waterloo Creek.
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insects of Waterloo Creek.

Beth Lynch

  • Kelly Crouthamel - Comparison of stomatal morphology in conifer genera native to Wisconsin.
  • Katie Jensen, Steffen Merten, Yee Seir Kee & Leah Dunham - Forest fire history in the Wisconsin pine barrens.

Tex Sordahl

  • Christine Liggett - Distribution of color morphs of the Eastern Screech-Owl in Iowa.

Academic Year 2002-2003

Scott Carlson

  • Andrew Olson & Laura Gellhaus - Role of cytochrome P450-4A in the regulation of blood pressure in normotensive and hypertensive rats.
  • Laura Gelhaus & Jessica Hodgson - Role of estrogen in diabetes.
  • Bethany Schauder - Role of estrogen in aging.
  • Andrew Olson - Role of hepatic cytochrome P450 in hypertension.
  • Laura Gelhaus - Diabetes and estrogen therapy. 
  • Andrew Olson - Role of cytochrome p450-4A in arterial pressure.
  • Adam Morrisey, Nigel Millard & Katie Haugen - Estrogen and diabetes.
  • Betany Schauder - Estrogen and cognitive function.

Jim Eckblad

  • Erica Crowser & Jenny Krepela - Fall reproductive effort in Musculium.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Schatz - Determination of pulmonary vascular reactivity following acute, voluntary exercise in rats.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Carrie Keenan - Using confocal microscopy to characterize Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in biofilm formation.
  • Michelle Jaeger - Using electron microscopy to characterize Vibrio parahaemolyticus calcium-induced morphological changes.
  • Melissa Christopherson - The effect of calcium on bacterial cell organization.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Characterization of defects in polysaccharide production.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Identification of calcium-regulated mutants in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Characterization of protein expression in a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Michelle Jaeger - Examination of surface-attached Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Carrie Keenan - Examining the effects of calcium on bacterial surface colonization using confocal microscopy.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Investigating changes in gene expression in response to altered calcium.
  • Michele Jaeger - Using scanning and transmission electron microscop to examine cell morphology of Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Examining the effects of calcium on bacterial motility.

Laura Haubrick

  • Mary Kvitrud - Signal transduction and gene expression in guard cells.
  • Brooke Heineman - C3-binding proteins of Streptococcus

Marian Kaehler

  • Janelle Kime, Gwen Lykken, KariAn Lee & Sara Pulvermacher - Cosmid subcloning and sequence analysis in Nectria CD chromosomes.

Kirk Larsen

  • Deneb Woods - Impact of a prairie reconstruction on ground beetle community dynamics.
  • Nick Schmidt - Butterflies in CRP fields - influence on planting type.
  • Ellen Robertson - Caste differentiation based on population size in termites.
  • Kelli Reinertson - Dalbulus leafhopper morphological analysis.

Beth Lynch

  • Kelly Crothanel - Fire and vegetation history of a northwest Wisconsin sand plain.
  • Steffen Merten - Reconstruction of forest fire history using sedimentary charcoal.
  • Andrew Bronson - Identification of conifer stomatas in lake sediments.

Tex Sordahl

  • Cristina Liggett - Spring bird migration in northeast Iowa.

Academic Year 2001-2002

Scott Carlson - Adam Morrisey & Andrew Olson - Diabetes, estrogen and heart disease.

  • Matt Ough, Erik Vilen, Jeremy Olsen, Ryan Hollenbeck Andrew Olson & Matt Kapalis - Diabetes and estrogen therapy - Neural control of inestion - estrogen and cognitive behavior.

Jim Eckblad

  • Leah Campbell & Jen Weier - Population ecology of fingernail clams.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Melissa Christopherson - Investigating colony organization in Vibrio parahaemolyticus using confocal microscopy.
  • Carrie Keenan - Identification of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Michele Jaeger - Investigating the effect of calcium on colony morphology using scanning electron microscopy.

Kevin Kraus

  • Mike LaBelle & Erin Rosenthal - Analysis of Drosophila polycomb group mutants.
  • Janelle Kime & Mary Kvitrud - Microsatellite sequence of fathead minnows.

Kirk Larsen

  • Annie Hanson - Insect pests of native prairie plants.
  • Zach Washburn & Andy Weispfenning - Caddisfly behavior.

Beth Lynch

  • Steffen Merten - Fire history of the Wisconsin pine barrens.

Beverly Smith-Keiling

  • Jenny Krepela & Lindsey Edwards - Extraction of R4 proteins from Group B Streptococcus and determination of pepsin sensitivity and resistance of variable pH conditions.
  • Jenny Dechaine - Detec of T4 genes by PCR, and examination of R1/R4 protein cross reactivity.
  • Brooke Heineman - Identification of a novel protein in Streptococcus mutants that binds C3 and characterization of antibodies that cross react between S. mutans and Group B Streptococcal proteins.
  • Jenny Dechaine - PCR analysis of GBS strains and R4.

Tex Sordahl

  • Shannon McMartin - Phenology of a killdeer population in northeastern Iowa.